harsh discordance of sound; dissonance:
a cacophony of hoots, cackles, and wails.
a discordant and meaningless mixture of sounds:
the cacophony produced by city traffic at midday.
Music. frequent use of discords of a harshness and relationship difficult to understand.
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noun (pl) -nies
harsh discordant sound; dissonance
the use of unharmonious or dissonant speech sounds in language
having a harsh or discordant sound. Contemporary Examples American Dreams: The Essential Book of 2012 Nathaniel Rich December 27, 2012 Matthew McConaughey’s God Moment William O’Connor March 2, 2014 Historical Examples Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 146, April 1, 1914 Various The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne William J. Locke The Day of Days Louis […]
a narrow, upright armchair of 16th-century France, having widely splayed arms and a very narrow back.
any of numerous succulent plants of the family Cactaceae, of warm, arid regions of the New World, having fleshy, leafless, usually spiny stems, and typically having solitary, showy flowers. Historical Examples Sielanka: An Idyll Henryk Sienkiewicz Adventures of a Young Naturalist Lucien Biart The Mystery Stewart Edward White and Samuel Hopkins Adams The Mexican Twins […]
noun a moth, Cactoblastis cactorum of South America, that was introduced into Australia to act as a biological control on the prickly pear